We've been doing small mindfulness activities in our classroom everyday and I have seen incredible growth in my students. Their ability to empathize with others, solve problems, and regulate their emotions is empowering. Today we did a mindful eating exercise with mandarin oranges. Try this with your students as a way to strengthen your awareness and slow down.
Mindful Eating with an Orange
>We are going to try a mindfulness activity by eating this orange as slowly as we can and focusing our attention on the act of peeling and eating it. Let's see how slow we can go.
1. Hold the orange in your hand. Look at it closely. What do you notice? Do not try to peel it yet, just notice how it feels and looks in your hand. What can you see? What can you feel?
(Some of my students said it reminded them of a pumpkin, others said it looked like the moon with many craters in it. Many agreed the orange felt smooth)
2. Now start to peel your orange, slowly. How does it feel to peel it? Can you focus all of your attention on the orange as you are peeling it? Go as slow as you can.
3. Once you have peeled your orange, before we eat it, smell the orange. How does the orange smell? Does it smell good to you? Does it make your mouth water? How would you describe the smell?
4. Now start to eat the orange as mindfully as you can, with attention. Take a small bite of your orange. What does it taste like? Tangy, sweet, sour, or zesty?
5. After you eat your entire orange, notice how you feel. Is it different to eat something mindfully than to eat food as fast as you can without paying attention? If you tried this with your class, let me know how it went in the comments below!
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